The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for some 3 and 4-year-olds.

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1. How will I know if my child is eligible?

Your child will be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving free early years education with any Ofsted registered early years provider, and you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits (these are the same criteria as free school meals):

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (unless you’re also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and earn no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

or if they have:

  • been in local authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
  • been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • left care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order in England or Wales.

If your child qualifies through one of these criteria, you'll need to provide evidence of this when you apply.

2. What do I do next?

If you think you qualify, it's quick and easy.

Talk to your childcare provider and they will give you a form to fill in. When you've filled the form in, take it back to your childcare provider and they will give it to us so that we can verify your eligibility. Once this has been done your provider will get the money.

If you have any questions please email

3. Questions about the funding

How could this help my child?

Providers will use the money in ways they think will support your child’s learning and development. This should be informed by their understanding of your child’s needs and preferences.

The funding will help your child to:

  • benefit from extra resources and equipment suited to their needs
  • enjoy a range of new play, learning and activity experiences
  • be prepared for starting school.

How can I measure the outcome?

Childcare settings will have to show to Ofsted how the monies have been used to improve your child's education. You also have the right to ask your provider as to how the money has been used to benefit your child.

Will I be involved in how the money is being spent?

Your child’s key person, as part of their ongoing communication, will continue to talk to you about your child’s time in the setting.

The EYPP will be used to support your child’s learning and development. Your provider may combine the EYPP payments for several children, or work with other providers, in order to fund specific activity or training.

Please note that the payment is made to the early years provider, and your child will have no automatic legal right to the equipment or resources, should they leave the setting.

How much is the funding?

The Early Years Pupil Premium is paid at a national rate of 53p per child per hour. It is directly linked to the number of free hours you are taking up at your early years/nursery provider.

So if you claim 10 hours per week, the premium will be 10 x 53p (£7.95) per week and around £200 for the year. The EYPP is paid directly to your childcare provider as part of their normal funding claim.

What happens if my financial situation changes?

Once your 3-year-old child is eligible for EYPP, they will remain eligible until 31 August. At that point a second eligibility check will be carried out on your behalf, with no need to re-apply, using the information provided on the original application. We will inform you of any change in your eligibility.

What if my child moves to another childcare provider?

If your child moves to another childcare provider, the funding can also be transferred, as long as you are still eligible.